Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Post-Racial MystiqueMedia and Race in the Twenty-First Century$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Catherine R. Squires

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780814762899

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814762899.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM NYU Press SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.nyu.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of NYU Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in NYSO for personal use.date: 28 June 2022

Introduction

Introduction

Welcome to Post-Racial America

Chapter:
(p.1) Introduction
Source:
The Post-Racial Mystique
Author(s):

Catherine R. Squires

Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814762899.003.0001

This introductory chapter briefly analyzes the emergence of the term “post-racial,” paying special attention to the discussions of the meaning of race—particularly the meaning of black identity—which were widespread in the 1980s and 1990s. In the explosion of black media and celebrity culture of the 1980s and the culture wars, commentators from a wide variety of media, political, and scholarly venues pondered the meaning of blackness in the so-called “post-civil rights era.” In the explosion, various issues emerged regarding considerations of law, immigration, religion, education, and politics. Post-racial rhetoric however surged only recently when Barack Obama was elected as president. Across the nation, pundits and politicians, bloggers and celebrities made tentative and dismissive statements about the declining significance of race. But as the last few years have demonstrated, racism and racial inequalities persist and in some areas, such as wealth and health, have deepened.

Keywords:   post-racial, race, black identity, black media, celebrity culture, post-civil rights era, Barack Obama, racism, racial inequalities

NYU Press Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.